Eric Dean Rasmussen

Eric Dean Rasmussen is an associate professor of English literature at the University of Stavanger, where he teaches American literature and culture and literary theory and criticism. His interests include aesthetics and ideology in 20th/21st-century literature and the impact of new media technologies on the (digital) humanities. He edited, with Rone Shavers, a cas-e-book on Lynne Tillman, and worked as the first editor of the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base. He is currently at work on a study of affect and materiality in multimodal literature. He is ebr's senior editor.

Essays by this author

Liberation Hurts: An Interview with Slavoj Žižek


Slavoj Žižek addresses the situation of post-9/11 global politics - and his own, controversial, theories of the political - in this interview with Eric Dean Rasmussen.

Putting the Brakes on the Žižek Machine


Eric Dean Rasmussen traces the contours of Hanjo Berressem’s rigorous, bi-tempo reading of Organs without Bodies, which finds Žižek’s philosophical buggering of Deleuze to be wanting.

What Would Žižek Do? Redeeming Christianity's Perverse Core


Jokes play a fundamental role in Slavoj Žižek’s philosophizing. Is Žižek joking when he extols the virtues of Christianity to the Left? Eric Dean Rasmussen analyzes Žižek’s pro-Christian proselytizing as attacks on modes of PC-ness - political correctness and perverse Christianity - that sustain an undesirable neoliberalism.

Senseless Resistances: Feeling the Friction in Fiction


Eric Dean Rasmussen introduces a gathering of twelve essays on literary resistances that imagine how a materially engaged and affectively attuned literary culture might play a more transformative role in the emergent network society.

Tillman's Turbulent Thinking


Eric Dean Rasmussen explores Lynne Tillman’s “cognitive aesthetic,” suggesting that her work is powered by the generative disconnect between asignifying affect and signifying emotion. He argues that her 1998 novel, No Lease on Life, examines the role of affectively sustained universal values in responding politically to the neoliberal city.

Lydia Davis Interviews Lynne Tillman


Two innovative contemporary writers discuss the relationship between encyclopedic narrative and notions of gender and writing, the body as the physical embodiment of memory, and the unique syntax of Tillman’s American Genius, a Comedy. The novel’s prose depicts the way “thought, when you’re not thinking, happens.”